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LeftStreamed: Trump, Right-Wing Populism, and the Future of the Labour Movement

June 25, 2017

Bill Fletcher Jr. has been an activist since his teen years. He has worked for several labour unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO. Fletcher is the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice; and the author of 'They're Bankrupting Us' -- And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio, and the web. Recorded in Toronto, 2 June 2017.



What's New: The Making of a New, Old Left

by James Wilt | June 24, 2017

The moment I knew Thursday’s U.K. general election represented something different than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, even from the landmark Bernie Sanders run of 2016, was when some of the most brilliant yet oft cynical writers of my generation started to tweet sincerely. There was a collective outpouring of deep joy and hope in these online spaces, something I’d never seen before. This might not mean much to the members of older generations who don’t literally spend their lives on social media. But for many of us deeply cynical leftists in the under-30 bracket, it was monumental.



What's New: An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point?

by Paul Burkett | June 24, 2017

In the summer of 2016, the acceleration of climate change was once again making headlines. In July, the World Meteorological Association announced that the first six months of 2016 had broken all previous global temperature records, with June being the fourteenth month in a row of record heat for both land and oceans and the 378th straight month of temperatures greater than the historical average.



Bullet #1437: Trump's Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

by Christoph Scherrer | June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has been portrayed as a protectionist. His immediate cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon assuming the presidency, as well as his support for the border adjustment tax proposed by the Republican leadership in Congress, seems to confirm this portrayal of his foreign economic policy leanings. However, a different conclusion emerges from a closer reading of Donald Trump's business interests, of his trade agenda as published in the 2016 Annual Report on the Trade Agreements Program by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and of American trade negotiation history.



What's New: Creating a Canadian infrastructure bank in the public interest

by Toby Sanger | June 22, 2017

During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals promised to establish a federal infrastructure bank to provide low-cost financing to municipalities. However, in the Fall Economic Statement, they proposed that it rely largely on private institutional finance. The federal budget, to be released on March 22, is expected to provide more details of the government's plans in this area. This study finds that private financing of the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank could double the cost of infrastructure projects -- adding $150-billion or more in additional financing costs on the $140-billion of anticipated investments.



What's New: A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention

by Stephen Gaetz and Erin Dej | June 22, 2017

Prevention makes sense. To prevent disease, we vaccinate. To prevent traffic deaths, we install seat belts. While we recognize intuitively that preventing homelessness is a good idea, there has been little movement in Canada to make that happen on a national scale. A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention sets out to provide the language and clarity to begin that conversation. Since mass homelessness emerged in the mid-1980s, we have largely used emergency services to respond to people’s immediate needs.



What's New: Arthur Manuel’s battle against the 0.2 per cent Indigenous economy

by Shiri Pasternak | June 21, 2017

As the pageantry around Canada 150 begins, Ricochet and our Indigenous Reporting Fund present 'Resistance 150: Unsettling Canada’s Hidden Economic Apartheid,' a series honouring and continuing the pathbreaking work of the late Arthur Manuel. The Secwepemc chief, long-time member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and indomitable activist and thinker played a key role in Indigenous land defence in Canada and globally.



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The Capitalism Workshop: Theorizing the Integral State

Theorizing the Integral State
General Electric, the U.S. Empire, and Global Capitalism

This presentation focuses on the role of the U.S. State in organizing the American corporate managerial stratum to take part in managing global capitalism in the post-WWII period. Central to these efforts was General Electric executive Philip Reed, who was deeply embedded within the U.S. State Department and participated in the Committee for Economic Development and the Advisory Commission on Information. Central as well was former top GE executive Charles Wilson, who as head of the Office of Defense Mobilization in this period was given unprecedented power over procurements and the formation of a new “military-industrial complex” overseen by the state, and integrating the military, universities, national laboratories, and industrial corporations. As these examples and others illustrate, the global expansion of American imperial power took place not as a result of corporate political pressure, but rather resulted from the initiative of those within burgeoning -- and often Kafkaesque -- state institutions, who saw that given the balance of world power and increasing economic interpenetration, stability required that it take on this new, and costly, set of imperial responsibilities.

Presenter: Stephen Maher is a PhD candidate at York University in Toronto, Canada.

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